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Jesus is Revival

Posted by appolus on April 23, 2010

Revival is something that happens to us when the shekinah glory of the Lord comes down, when there is such an awareness of His presence that men and woman can can stand in the refining fire of God and exalt His holiness, fall on their faces in the awe and majesty that comes, not from a head knowledge, but from a radical encounter with a living God that has “stepped down.” When He steps down, time ceases to have meaning. The cares of this world disappear. The world of all possibilities open up. There is great joy, there is weeping, the lost cry out “is there mercy for me,” and they rejoice to find out , yes indeed there is mercy for the man of Calvary has come and walks in the midst of His people. Jesus, that name, the fullness of the Godhead, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is revival. God Himself is an encounter.

JESUS IS REVIVAL

 

Jesus is revival. Its the crisis of our age, a lack of awareness of His presence. Its Jesus Himself we desperately seek. Its confusing to Christians who know that they found Jesus, but there is also a life-long pursuit of Jesus and His presence. We must continualy seek His presence. Its the pearl of great price. Can we cry out as the psalmist did ” As the deer panteth for the waterbrooks so my soul longeth after thee.” Can we say as David said “Restore unto me, the joy of my salvation.” Can we cry out to God and make this plea “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” Can we pursue Holiness, can we desire, above anything else to have clean hands and a pure heart?

Revival is something that happens to us when the shekinah glory of the Lord comes down, when there is such an awareness of His presence that men and woman can can stand in the refining fire of God and exalt His holiness, fall on their faces in the awe and majesty that comes, not from a head knowledge, but from a radical encounter with a living God that has “stepped down.” When He steps down, time ceases to have meaning. The cares of this world disappear. The world of all possibilities open up. There is great joy, there is weeping, the lost cry out “is there mercy for me,” and they rejoice to find out , yes indeed there is mercy for the man of Calvary has come and walks in the midst of His people. Jesus, that name, the fullness of the Godhead, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is revival. God Himself is an encounter.

A heart that has not been enraptured by love, is a heart that has not had an encounter with the Living God. Revival is encounter! In the agony of illumination , we cry out to God and from the very alter of the living God, with tongs mind you, the angel touches you with fire, refining fire. THIS IS REVIVAL. One man or woman will agonize at his or her state, he or she will cry out to God, and God will send fire from the alter itself . The impenitent will harden and will flee, and those who linger in the light from the coal from the alter will be revived and refined and the fire will spread and it will consume. And a people will cry out and worship God and they too will cry “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty.”

Brother Tozer writes this in “Pursuit of God.’……..

Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him.

This is set before us as the last word in orthodoxy, and it is taken for granted that no Bible-taught Christian ever believed otherwise. Thus the whole testimony of the worshiping, seeking, singing church on that subject is crisply set aside. The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine, a Rutherford or a Brainerd.

In the midst of this great chill there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic. They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray, “O God, show me Thy glory.” They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.

I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.— Pursuit of God

13 Responses to “Jesus is Revival”

  1. David said

    What an excellent article brother Frank!

    I am posting this on my own website as well!!

    http://the-christians-forum.com/topic/3232962/1/#new

  2. appolus said

    Thanks bro, I try to only write out of the overflow 🙂 So if I write anything that is of any eternal value, its because the Spirit of the Lord has welled up in me. To Him be the glory……….brother Frank

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  4. Chrystal said

    I greatly enjoyed this!

    “A heart that has not been enraptured by love, is a heart that has not had an encounter with the Living God.”

    How true that statement is! I heard a pastor say yesterday that many preachers speak to the soul in their preaching without ever encountering the spirit of an individual (and, in the same way, many individuals only allow the word to penetrate their sould without touching their spirits). We know this because a person may shout, scream, roll on the floor, run around the church, dance, fall on their faces, etc. as an overflow of their soul, but never change their lifestyle (the mark of a changed spirit).

    I have fallen so short in this area in my own life; a true, “holier-than-thou” Christian who despised my fellow brothers and sisters for the specks in their eyes while I ignored the beams in my own eye. I claimed super-spirituality (and truthfully I did have a good grasp of the Word) without encountering the radical love of God’s heart for humanity. Thank the Lord for His mercy and His grace.

    As always, I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Bless you!

    • appolus said

      Hi Chrystal, about speaking to the soul and not to the spirit, I totally agree. I wrote this in “What fire has the younger generation Acquired?”

      “Of course all of the senses can be used to enjoy all the wonderful benefits of what God has given us as free will agents, human beings. We can see the glory of a sunset. We can lift up our eyes unto the hills and see where our help comes from. We can lift up our eyes and know that the heavens declare the glory of the Lord. We can look at our husbands and wives, our children and our family and garner great joy from just that. The list is endless of what we can enjoy simply by seeing. Hearing, where would we be without the hearing of the Gospel? To hear your child laugh, to hear a bird singing, to hear the crash of the waves or a waterfall. Oh the joy of hearing the worship of the gathered saints. The simple pleasure of holding your loved ones hands, holding your baby in your arms, a kiss, a warm embrace from your husband or wife, the gentle touch of your lover(your husband or your wife) To taste and smell the wonderful food that we have. Oh how a smell is so powerful in evoking memories from long ago. The simple and wholesome pleasures of all the senses are a delight and the list of these delights is endless, for we worship a creator God.

      Imagine a cross section through your body, a plan view, looking down. Across the chest is the five senses, arched in front. Directly behind the five senses is the soul, and behind the soul is the spirit. The soul naturally looks out to the five senses. The senses excite the soul and the soul empowers the senses. Depending on your level of dysfunction(we are all dysfunctional) will determine the level of activity. For instance, a person in emotional pain, will compensate by overeating, the soul will anesthetize its pain by energizing the eyes, the taste and the smell when it comes to food. That is why this is a problem for one person and not for another. Perhaps the soul will anesthetize itself by sex. It will over stimulate the eye’s and the touch. These are tow examples amongst countless millions. We all grow up in unique circumstances and the uniqueness of the sins that so easily beset us are without number. No one can tell, with any accuracy, how a person will turn out. Now there are basic principals. If you beat a child constantly as he grows up, then no one will be surprised by a violent result. We are all different obviously and five children can all grow up in the exact same house with the exact same circumstances but all turn out completely differently. The x factor being our unique personalities. If someone, for instance, is more sensitive than another, then the circumstances will impact that person more violently that it would for say his brother or sister.

      So, how does this play into what is going on in the church today and the dilemma of the younger generation raised on acquire the fire and pump it up messages. This generation dwell almost entirely in the realm of the soul. Silence would terrify them. They have been raised to think that a heightened awareness of their senses is “the presence of God.” What a tragedy, not just for them, but for the unchurched world. If you were a unchurched person, you would get the same heightened feeling at any rock concert, and of course, most times the world does this better. Their concerts are their church. Just go to one, one time and you will see these people “worshipping,” corporately.

      And so, the eye of the soul must be turned inwards. The younger generation, the vast majority of which know nothing of the “presence of God,” need to turn inwards and find God within, not without. We all know that God dwells on the throne of our hearts. He has taken up residence in the very center of us. That is where they will have to look if they hope to discover the true presence of God. The presence of God is always totally fulfilling, there is nothing beyond the presence of God. Have you heard the much used phrase in the church now”There must be more.?” There is nothing more than the presence of God. That is why God does not have to entertain us to draw us to Him. The churches will find that they will have to become more and more like the world to draw people and keep people. And even then it will fail. There is no such pressure in the presence of God. There is no more than Him. People who have turned the eye of their soul inward know that and know that if they want to come here then they have to humble themselves and die to themselves, that is the path, that is the journey. People who do not know that and whose eye of their soul is turned outward, towards their five senses, will never be satisfied. They will always need more. How sad to hear that phrase spiritualized now. There is no satisfaction in the flesh, it will be pleasurable for a season, but the flesh demands satisfaction and complete mastery over the soul. The passions of the flesh will ultimately destroy. The passion of the Spirit will cause us to die to ourselves and become more like Jesus.

      • Chrystal said

        This is so good! Thank you for expounding on this theme! Your “so, how does this play into…” paragraph is particularly gripping! I forget where I read things–were you the one who said, “If it takes a gimmick to get young people into the church, another gimmick will lead them out?”

        May the Lord bless your single-focused desire for His way, truth, and life!

  5. appolus said

    Hi Chrystal, I did not say that but I agree with it. Here is the whole article entitled “What fire has the younger generation acquired,” for those interested. May the Lord bless you sister……..Frank

    https://scottishwarriors.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/what-fire-has-the-younger-generation-acquired/

  6. Aussiedler said

    This is perfect theology! Jesus himself is revival. I really like this. Roy Hession made this very clear in his books. Everything depends wether Jesus is there or not. His presence makes the difference, that was always the way and will always be the way.

    • appolus said

      “His presence makes the difference.” Amen to that. Sadly, there is a whole generation who nothing of the glorious majesty of His presence and are what Tozer used to call “Textulists,” so near to the Word of God, so far from the heart of Christ……………….brother Frank

  7. Aussiedler said

    I would say, they are only near to the “letter” of the word, but totally missing the “essence” or the “heart of the lamb” behind the words. Jesus said that his words are “spirit and life”, so every living word of god comes with a certain spirit and with life. If we miss that, we will never have the discernment that Paul had, when he discerned a divinating spirit in the words of the damsel who said “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). The Words were absolutely correct, but they came from an evil spirit – you coudl not discern it by the words.

  8. Paul said

    Jesus is Revival… I will come to you and be in You….
    The Lord our God, Jesus himself, bless you my brother
    Paul

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